News and announcements

Here’s what’s happening now in Microsoft training and certification.

New book on SharePoint Online available from Microsoft Press

(24 June 2015) Deliver world-class collaboration capabilities with Microsoft SharePoint Online for Office 365: Administering and configuring for the cloud. This reference helps you configure and manage SharePoint Online to meet your requirements for functionality, performance and compliance. Available as a book, e-book, or purchase both as a package for 60% off the list price from the Microsoft Press Store.

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Three Microsoft Certifications are among the 25 highest paying

(22 June 2015) According to a 2015 report by Global Knowledge on the highest-paying certifications, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer made it to the top 15, ranking eleventh with an average salary of $96,198 (£61,855). The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Administrator certification ranks twenty-first, with an average salary of $92,252 (£59,318), and the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification, at twenty-fifth, has an average salary of $87,667 (£53,670).

Free System Center e-book from Microsoft Press

(16 June 2015) Optimise your System Center Operations Manager environment with this specialised guide. Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud focuses on best practices, design concepts, how-to procedures and in-depth technical troubleshooting. Download for free from the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Get your business set up in the cloud with this new book

(16 June 2015) Grow your business in the cloud with the latest release from Microsoft Press, Microsoft Public Cloud Services: Setting up your business in the cloud. Available in print or e-book, it discusses the high-value services available to help you set up your work environment and how to build websites, customise apps and market online.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store,, Barnes & Noble or Independent booksellers.

Now available: Exam 70-534 Exam Ref

(10 June 2015) Prepare for Exam 70-534 with the latest offering from Microsoft Press. Exam Ref 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions is available in print or as a downloadable e-book. Save money when you purchase both as a bundle from the Microsoft Press Store. This book focuses on Microsoft Azure infrastructure, networking, security, storage and data access, and how to design websites and applications.

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Microsoft Press Guided Tours app updated with new tours

(31 March 2015) The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app for Windows provides insight into new and evolving Microsoft technologies, allowing you to explore technical topics in new ways. The app was recently updated to include three new tours: Building cloud apps with Microsoft Azure, Programming Windows Store apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight. More tours will be available soon.

Now available: Microsoft courses on edX

(10 March 2015) Microsoft online development courses are now available through edX, one of the largest and best-known providers of massive open online courses (MOOCs). The first set of courses, all taught by Microsoft experts, is focused on cloud and developer technologies. The courses integrate video, audio and screen captures to help provide students around the world with the critical technical skills necessary to be successful.

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New print and e-book: "Scenario-Focused Engineering: A toolbox for innovation and customer-centricity"

(15 January 2015) Learn how to blend the art of innovation with the rigour of engineering. Utilising customer scenarios with an iterative approach to design and delivery can help your team discover and build what your customers actually want. In this book, you discover the proven practices and lessons learned from real-world implementations of this approach, including why delight matters, what it means to be customer-focused and how to iterate effectively using the Fast Feedback Cycle.

Purchase from any of these online retailers: Microsoft Press Store,, Barnes & Noble, or find a local independent bookseller.

The monetary value of Microsoft Certification

(10 September 2014) In high-growth industries, most hiring companies are looking for candidates with skills in Microsoft technologies. A recent IDC study has shown that, among entry-level employees, those who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn $10,000 to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers who aren't Microsoft-certified.

Just launched: The Microsoft Press Store

(5 May 2014) Visit the new Microsoft Press Store website to find printed books, e-books and online resources. Browse through the latest releases; search by topic, series or author to find exactly the content you need; or take advantage of special offers.

Free e-book: "Microsoft System Center: Network Virtualization and Cloud Computing"

(26 March 2014) This brief book identifies key usage and deployment scenarios for cloud computing, to provide deep technical background on the Microsoft software-defined networking (SDN) solution, enabling IT professionals to quickly learn the internals of Hyper-V Network Virtualisation (HNV), how it works from end to end, and where and how it should be used. Download all formats (PDF, Mobi and ePub).

Free Microsoft training and certification guide app

(21 February 2014) Use this interactive map to chart your path through Microsoft technical training, exams and certifications. Download this free app from the Windows Store.

Free "Career and College Readiness" webinar

(22 January 2014) Attend a virtual event, showcasing the latest best practices technology educators can adopt to effectively guide college and career-minded students, and foster a new generation of innovators in the IT and developer technology fields. Register for free.

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Windows Server First Look Clinic material available

Microsoft Certified Trainers can download instructional material for Windows Server 2012 at the Learning Download Center.

Recently released exams

  • 70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

  • MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration

  • MB2-707: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Customization and Configuration

  • MB2-706: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Deployment

  • 70-696: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps

  • 70-695: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps

  • 70-694: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps

  • 98-368: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals

  • 98-369: Cloud Fundamentals

  • List of all available exams

Recently released courses

  • 10981A: Infrastructure Provisioning with System Center Virtual Machine Manager

  • 20346C: Managing Office 365 Identities and Services

  • 55120A: Quick SQL Server Integration Services 2012

  • 20532B: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

  • 10979B: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

  • 55151A: Microsoft Project 2013

  • 10965C: IT Service Management with System Centre Service Manager

  • 20694B: Virtualizing Enterprise Desktops and Apps

  • 20533B: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

  • 20696B: Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps using System Center Configuration Manager

  • 20695B: Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps

  • 50255D: Managing Windows Environments with Group Policy